Aussie Olympian Brittany O'Brien goes viral with Sydney smoke video

Kristine Tarbert
Senior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
Brittany O'Brien is an Aussie Olympic Diver. Photo: Instagram/brittany.obrien

Trying to make light of a bad situation, Aussie Olympian Brittany O’Brien has gone viral for a video highlighting how bad the smoke haze is over Sydney, as a bushfire crisis continues to grip the state.

In a clip shared to TikTok, which has already had over two million views, Brittany can be seen sitting in a car before she goes what she described as “full bogan”.

“Can’t afford your weekly cigarettes, no wucken forries. All you gotta do is wind down your window,” she said, before sucking in a deep breath from outside and coughing. “And you get a whole ten pack at once.”

Brittany tells Yahoo Lifestyle it was her friend that convinced her to post the video online.

“The reaction was mostly positive,” she says. “I think Sydneysiders in particular enjoyed it because they could relate.

“I was very surprised [at how viral it went], I only had 400 followers on the app and posted it expecting just my friends to see it, but when I opened my phone an hour later I realised it was blowing up and wasn’t even sure why.”

Her video on the smoke went viral last week. Photo: Tik Tok

She does add a few people didn’t like the clip given the severity of the continuing bushfire emergency across both NSW and Queensland.

“A few people were offended, which I guess I can understand if the fires had affected them personally.”

Brittany, who is a 10m platform diver and competed at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics, joined the video-sharing social networking site Tik Tok after seeing it become more and more popular online.

It is used to create short lip-sync, comedy, and talent videos. 

“I started posting videos for a bit of a laugh,” she tells us. “I then realised it can really help you build an online profile, especially being an athlete leading into an Olympic year.”

She also says the platform is a little more of an “even playing field” as it’s not driven by follower numbers.

“The people have the power of choosing what deserves to go viral and what doesn’t, unlike on Instagram or Facebook,” she adds.

Brittany often posts funny videos online. Photo: Instagram/brittany.obrien

Brittany says she enjoys video editing and has been enjoying posting a mix of videos for her fans.

“At the moment I’m just posting videos I find stupid or funny, as well as diving ones,” she says.

The 21-year-old has been diving for 10 years after starting out in gymnastics.

While she originally missed out on qualifying for the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics after placing third in the 10m platform event at the Australian Diving Championships, Brittany unexpectedly received a late call up on 30 July 2016 to compete in the 2016 Summer Olympics after Brittany Broben was forced to pull out of the event due to a shoulder injury.

Brittany qualified for the semi-finals of the women's 10m platform at the Olympics and come overall 15th in the event.

She competed at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Photo: Instagram/brittany.obrien

In 2018 she placed sixth at the Commonwealth Games. She continues to train in Sydney at the Sydney Olympic Aquatic Centre, and is hoping to qualify. for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics.

“2020 is going to be huge, I’m hoping to make it to World Cup and the olympics in Tokyo,” she tells us.

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